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7:40 PM ET, September 9, 2008

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WTVD-TV:
McCain Leaps Ahead in NC  —  Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — In an election for President of the United States in North Carolina Tuesday, September 09, Republican John McCain suddenly and breathtakingly surges to a 20-point win over Democrat Barack Obama …
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Reuters:
World wants Obama as president: poll  —  US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.  —  All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Montana Presidential Election  —  Montana: McCain Surges Ahead by Double-Digits  —  John McCain has opened a double digit lead over Barack Obama in Montana.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Treasure State finds McCain leading by eleven, 53% to 42% …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Hunt for Sarah October  —  City slickers invade Wasilla  —  Democrats understand Sarah Palin is a formidable political force who has upset the Obama victory plan.  The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll shows John McCain taking a 12-point lead over Barack Obama among white women …
Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Plans ‘Special Announcement’  —  Brad Haynes reports on the presidential race.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate who excited a multitude of young voters during the primaries, announced a “major” news conference in Washington Wednesday.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Ron Paul To Appear on Montana Ballot
Jesse Benton / Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty:
Update on Dr. Paul's Special Annoucement
Discussion: Wonkette
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Was Biden Talking About Palin During Stem Cell Research Reference?  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (COLUMBIA, MO.) - Was Joe Biden referring to Sarah Palin, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, when he made this comment?  —  “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Men and women don't see eye-to-eye on Palin
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Biden and Developmental Disabilities
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Lipstick on a pig’  —  Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: … The crowd apparently took the “lipstick” line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: “lipstick.”
David Plotz / Slate:
I Dream About Sarah Palin.  Do You?  —  SEND US YOUR DREAMS ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN VICE-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.  —  I rarely remember my dreams, but for the past week, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been haunting me.  Night after night, she appears in my dreams, always as a scolding, ominous figure.
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CNN:
McCain and Palin once again play ‘Barracuda’
Ben Smith / The Politico:
An awkward moment in Columbia  —  Victoria McGrane:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An awkward moment in Columbia
Washington Post:
Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Per Diem Palin Cont'd
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain Maintains 5-Point Lead  —  Support among registered voters steady at 49%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain maintaining his five-point lead versus Barack Obama among registered voters, 49% to 44%.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Moderate Voice
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LYING SARAH WATCH  —  Sometimes when you've got a liar as big as Sarah Palin on the line only a timeline will really do justice to her fibbing ways.  —  So a lot of you have written in to ask: Okay, she says she said ‘Thanks.  But no thanks’ to the Bridge to Nowhere.  But how exactly did it all come out?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Koch backs Obama, calls Palin ‘scary’  —  Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who endorsed and worked for George W. Bush in 2004, is endorsing Obama today, NY1 first reported.  —  I asked Koch just now what prompted the move.  —  “The designation of Palin to be vice president,” he said.  “She's scary.”
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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden: Palin Would Be ‘Backward Step for Women’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Salon
CNN:
McCain must embrace Palin's beliefs, evangelical leader says  —  (CNN) — Her faith is one of the reasons many evangelical Christians are excited about Sarah Palin's addition to the Republican presidential ticket, but the Alaska governor's evangelical beliefs have also drawn scrutiny.
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Jay Tolson / US News:
With Palin on the GOP Ticket, a Return to the Culture Wars
Discussion: CNN, TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
In a Not-Remotely-Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant By 'We Didn't Do Enough' to End Vietnam War  —  In a four-panel not-even-remotely-comic strip, William Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., weighs in on his blog on some of the controversy he's been causing.
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Generals Behaving Badly  —  When Abraham Lincoln famously sent word to Gen. George McClellan that he'd like to “borrow” the army if the general wasn't planning on using it, the commander of Union forces likely did not take it kindly.  McClellan, after all, was a man whose letters home referred …
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Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Cavalry  —  There's been a spurt of 527 activity on behalf of Sen. John McCain, but Barack Obama campaign has suddenly gone silent on the subject.  —  That's because, after of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists …
standard.co.uk:
Brown backs Obama  —  Gordon Brown has broken with British convention and made clear that he favours Barack Obama as the next US President.  —  In a departure from the usual self-denying ordinance of Prime Ministers past, Brown has written an article for The Monitor magazine …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Palin repeats Bridge to Nowhere lie.  —  Today at a rally with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in Ohio, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) once again repeated the lie that she opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska: … Watch it:  —  ThinkProgress has been keeping track of how many times the McCain campaign is repeating this lie.
Polimom / The Moderate Voice:
Obama vs. McCain: Why I'm Back on the Fence  —  This morning, I wrote at my own blog that I've pulled the Obama sticker off of my truck; that although I'm not suddenly a McCain supporter, I can no longer be counted in the Obama column.  —  In short, that I'm back on the fence.
 
 
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Washington Wire:
Obama Puts Different Twist on Lipstick
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Can Obama Win Back Wal-Mart Moms?
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script
John Tierney / New York Times:
As Barriers Disappear, Some Gender Gaps Widen
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political
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Judge blocks decision on Senate race
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The ‘Palin Factor’ Bringing Excitement and Bigger Crowds to McCain Events
Megan McArdle:
Coastal privilege  —  Over the last week, I've been hearing a lot of things like this:
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Brandon Friedman / The Huffington Post:
Alaska National Guard General Changes Story; Palin Promotes
Frank Gerjevic / Anchorage Daily News:
Questions for Palin  —  This week, she'll finally emerge from her protective shell
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Andrew Sullivan  —  Lots of e-mails asking about Andrew's whereabouts.
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Sarah Palin's Alaskonomics
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
It's Stand-Up Comedy Time for Obama as He Ratchets Up Criticism
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